The Simple Life
by Sheryl Simons
Simply Paint like a Pro
1. If you've removed wallpaper, wash it down well before you paint,
because the paste can bubble through even primer, leaving splotchy
2. Remove electrical faceplates and furnishings.
3. Using a moist finger, smooth the caulk such as ALEX PLUS by Dap
into the crack. Clean up while it's still wet. Let dry about two
hours before painting.
4. Use dropcloths definitely saves on clean-up, especially if there
is a spill!
5. Quick drying primer allows you to do the actual painting the same
day. BIN by Zinnser is ready in 45 minutes. The smell isn't
unpleasant but is very strong, so ventilation is necessary. It's a
bit drippier than regular paint. Clean up immediately using ammonia.
You must use primer if you have any stains, or on new surfaces, such
6. A good quality sashing brush is more economical than a cheap $4
brush that leaves uneven brush marks. Cleaning well after each use
will extend the life of the brush for many uses. Dry thoroughly.
7. Ceiling white is chalky and non-reflective and makes a smooth
looking ceiling. Quality washable wall paint is a wise expenditure,
too. You'll get smoother color, and it's more durable. Pick one shade
lighter than you like, as it seems darker over larger surfaces. "Cut
in" the trim and corners and edges first before filling in with a
8. Tape can pull up some of the wall paint. Cut paint in against the
ceiling with a good angled paintbrush. That makes a clean line. If
you insist on tape, remove it immediately after painting, before it
has a chance to dry. Tape does work okay to protect flooring.
9. Dip the brush bristles less than an inch into the paint. Rollers
evenly saturated, not dripping. Choose a nap appropriate for the
10. All paint needs two coats unless the color's very similar. After
the caulk, primer and second coat, the walls will look seamless.
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Simple Homemade Cold Packs
Make a cold pack by putting two cups of water and 1/2 cup of alcohol
in a zippered freezer bag. Keep in freezer for a time when you need
an ice pack due to injury or bug bites. It has a slushy gel like
texture and molds to the area it is applied. This can be refrozen and
used many times. Children love it for scrapes, bruises and bug bites.
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SIMPLY BEST MARINARA SAUCE
If you are about to have lots of nice organic tomatoes ripening on
your vines, you will love this simple recipe. Add any favorite
ingredients or spices, and can for winter, or use right away for a
great sauce for spagetti, etc.
Tomatoes, parsley, garlic and oregano go for a spin in your
food processor before simmering with sauteed onion for a goodly dash
of white wine. The consistency is smooth and the taste is pleasing
6 T olive oil 32 oz. fresh peeled tomatoes
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste 4 T chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, minced 1 t dried oregano
1 t salt 1/4 t ground black pepper
½ cup white wine (opt.) 1/3 c finely diced onion
In a food processor place tomatoes, tomato paste, chopped
parsley, minced garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
In a large skillet over medium heat saute the chopped onion in olive
oil for 2 minutes. Add the blended tomato sauce and white wine.
Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yields 8 servings.
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10 Veggies you should pick yourself! (or buy organic!)
Even if you can't always buy organic, this will open your eyes to how
much we may be swallowing pesticides.
Nectarines 97.3% of nectarines sampled were found to contain
Celery 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Pears 94.4% of pears sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Peaches 93.7% of peaches sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Apples 91% of apples sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Cherries 91% of cherries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Strawberries 90% of strawberries sampled were found to contain
Imported Grapes 86% of imported grapes (i.e. Chile) sampled were
found to contain pesticides.
Spinach 83.4% of spinach sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Potatoes 79.3% of potatoes sampled were found to contain
Bell Peppers 68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain
Red Raspberries 59% of red raspberries sampled were found to
This report was published by the (USDA) and Consumer Reports.
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